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Old 05-09-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Soft Science Fiction

My wife wants to read some science fiction that isn't too heavy on the science. She's a smart girl, but if she read Sundiver by David Brin for example, she would skip whole pages on the details of the sun.

I guess what she's looking for is soft sci-fi. Do you know what I mean? Can anyone make any recommendations?
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Old 05-09-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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Liaden Universe Stories. I'd start with Agent of Change or Conflict of Honors.
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:13 AM   #4
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I've just finished Stardoc by S L Viehl. It's an intersting read that fits the soft sci-fi description. Also try works by Kristine Kathryn Rusch...
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Old 05-10-2008, 07:57 AM   #5
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i would recommend René Barjavel, although i do not know whether he is available in ebooks. his books are quite powerful and my experience is that many elements of them will remain with you for years afterwards. not much science to speak of, it's all about the story.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:49 AM   #6
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Liaden Universe Stories. I'd start with Agent of Change or Conflict of Honors.
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Second the motion. A great place to start.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:13 AM   #7
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Anything by Ray Bradbury.
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Old 05-10-2008, 02:14 PM   #8
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Hope I remember the names well:

Planet of adventure - Jack Vance
The moon is a harsh mistress - Heinlein
The puppet masters - Heinlein

Women in general really don't seem to hit it off with SF don't they ??!!
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Old 05-10-2008, 03:31 PM   #9
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Anything by Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury is too wierd for me to recommend him to anyone, I'm afraid!

I'd suggest Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" books. A great read, not too "techy", and very, very funny indeed.
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:04 PM   #10
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Hope I remember the names well:

Planet of adventure - Jack Vance
The moon is a harsh mistress - Heinlein
The puppet masters - Heinlein

Women in general really don't seem to hit it off with SF don't they ??!!
Also "Friday" by Heinlein
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:38 PM   #11
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Everything by Jack Vance is focourse very good. Louis McMaster Bujold is probably suitable. Other recommende authors in this context is John Scalze, Julian May, C.J. Cherryh, Nancy Kress, Sheri Tepper, Liz Williams, Connie Willis, ...
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:59 PM   #12
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Women in general really don't seem to hit it off with SF don't they ??!!
I'd be curious to see if that was actually the case--It seems to me that girls *tend* to be more into fantasy and guys sci fi... but it's certainly not absolute.

Is she looking for sci-fi as opposed to fantasy? I have a lot more fantasy suggestions than sci fi
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Old 05-10-2008, 08:42 PM   #13
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CJ Cherryh writes both styles, fantasy and fiction. She masters the language masterfully and cooks up intriguing stories. Alas, she is also accused of turning around the pot with long descriptions. But I like her for her building of worlds.
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Old 05-10-2008, 08:46 PM   #14
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I'd be curious to see if that was actually the case--It seems to me that girls *tend* to be more into fantasy and guys sci fi... but it's certainly not absolute.

Is she looking for sci-fi as opposed to fantasy? I have a lot more fantasy suggestions than sci fi
Actually, I like both... but I've probably read more fantasy. Terry Brooks is one of my favorites, as is David Eddings.

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Women in general really don't seem to hit it off with SF don't they ??!!
Huh? In 2008, I've read 48 books, 12 of them Science Fiction. Of the 16 books read on my Kindle, 9 were SF, 4 were fantasy, and 3 were mysteries.
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